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Yea verily, like unto a plague of locusts, Left Behind hath begat a further scourge of devastation upon Nicolas Cage's once-proud filmography.
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A shoo-in to clean up at the next Razzie Awards.
Not only is this an amateurish travesty combining fundamentalist Christian eschatology with disaster movie b.s., but it's plodding and tedious.
It should have more smoldering panic bursting into full-blown freak-outs. It should have more passion, more intensity. It should have more bees.
Left Behind is biblical in its silliness.
It believes people might buy a ticket to Left Behind and not know the twist, like someone sitting down to watch Godzilla and being shocked by the entrance of a giant lizard.
Score one for Satan.
Left Behind is essentially a bad disaster movie, but I swear to God I've seen worse movies this year, and worse Nicolas Cage movies at that. I can't in good faith tell you to see it, but I'd be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy it.
The basic premise of the film could have made for an engaging and far-out watch. The very concept of the Rapture could have been depicted with power and mystery, but instead the opposite is achieved in a film that just looks slapdash.
Overt Christian messages and Cage's omnipresence are not the only reasons why Left Behind is a terrible movie. And yes, it's indeed terrible-god-awful, a less interesting, more convoluted version of the original Left Behind.
This new film is a watered-down and somewhat changed version of the earlier movie with a bigger budget and not much else. There is barely enough undercooked scriptural theology to critique in the vacuous writing and painful acting.
There's no drama. No suspense. No real stakes, even, because most of the movie takes place after the Rapture already happened.
The effects are hilarious, the sets are rinky-dink, and the character names are funnier than a full season of 'Big Bang Theory,' and the "narrative arc" of our heroine is laughably predictable.
Nicholas Cage's acting seems to be deteriorating.
Rebooting the franchise, Left Behind delivers a more suspenseful and intense adaptation of Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins' apocalyptic thriller. When a mysterious event causes the disappearance of millions of people an airline pilot must maintain order and find a way to safely land in the chaotic aftermath. The script is fairly well-written and does a good job at keeping the film ground. It's also able to address religious issues in frank but unobtrusive ways. Additionally, Nicolas Cage and Cassi Thomson give strong performances that sell the confusion and panic of the situation. Still, the film has its weaknesses, particularly the score and the directing; which are rather bland. And, the characters could stand to be developed a little more. Still, Left Behind proves to be a solid foundation on which to build a new series.
"Left Behind" does not mark another terrible Nicholas Cage performance, but it is a new low for the actor's reel. He, along with the rest of the cast, seemed to not know they were in one of the worst pictures in years. Once people begin vanishing, mysteries ensue and they must find out what is happening. That portion of the film would have been simple and interesting, but it's religious undertone hammers you over the head throughout and you know the ending from a mile away, and that being said, there actually isn't even an ending. Being a film based on a series of 16 novels, there is not anything remotely intriguing about this film. "Left Behind" is a poorly written, horribly directed, and hilariously acted film, with an annoying score and a religious undertone that none of the filmmmakers must have realized was a bit too much. Overall, the only salvageable thing is actually the performance of Nicholas Cage and Chad Michael-Murray. One of the worst films I have viewed in a long time.
If I were God, I'd have left Nicholas Cage behind long, long ago. Hopefully this inept film will be lost before Judgment Day.
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